singer who kicked around with several groups in the 1940s, including The
School Kids, until Uncle Sam called him away.
1946, he was drafted into The Twin Tones by arranger and singer-songwriter
Alan Copeland, who was just returning from his tour of duty with the U.S.
Navy. Just a year later, Tom
was moonlighting with The Blue Reys, named after
bandleader Alvino Rey, with whom they recorded
“If You Knew Suzie”, although it may never have been
released. In 1959, he was in the
studio with Mel Torme, as a member of the
Mel-Tones, recording tracks for the album, Back in Town.
most famous recording may be “Moon River”, which he recorded
with Henry Mancini in 1960 for inclusion in the film, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, released the following year. A decade later, he was in the studio
with Billy May and the Time-Life Orchestra, recording “Moonlight
Cocktail” and “Serenade in Blue”, which were featured on
the albums, The Swing Era
Encore: The Day of the Great
Entertainers and The Swing Era
Curtain Call: The Sounds of
Swing, respectively. In
1973, he was one of the backing vocalists on the recording of The Music of Bob Friedman.
last recording appears to be Frank Sinatra’s 1979 boxed set, Trilogy, although he appears on
several CD re-packagings, including Sam
Cooke’s Portrait of a
Legend: 1951-1964, Eartha Kitt’s Eartha Quake, and Blues in the Night: The
Johnny Mercer Songbook.